Rheumatic Fever develops after a streptococcus (strep) bacteria infection has subsided. Group A Strep bacteria causes strep throat and in some patients also is the cause of scarlet fever, pneumonia, tonsillitis, sinusitis, and toxic shock syndrome. RF is an autoimmune disorder and inflammatory disease in which the body attacks its own tissues. The internal attack is brought on by the bacteria and causes inflammation throughout the patient’s body. The fever is a serious complication of strep throat. Managing strep throat is the best prevention of RF.
Adults can contract rheumatic fever however it usually affects children primarily between the ages of five and 15. Patients who experience a sore throat, swollen lymph nodes, and a temperature, should be checked by a medical professional for strep throat. The step throat test is a simple swab of the inside of the throat performed quickly at a doctor’s office. Finally, managing strep throat is the best prevention of rheumatic fever.
Common Symptoms of Rheumatic Fever:
- Temperature above 101 degrees.
- Stomach pain.
- Chest pain.
- Small bumps under the skin.
- Heart flutters or palpitations.
- Red, hot, swollen joints.
- Twitching of hands, feet, and face.
Rheumatic fever is treated with antibiotics, anticonvulsants, and anti-inflammatories. Untreated RF may have long-term side effects.
Long-lasting side effects of Rhematic Fever:
- Heart muscle damage.
- Atrial fibrillation.
- Valve regurgitation.
- Valve stenosis.
- Heart failure.
Alternative medical treatment for rheumatic fever:
Sunridge Medical has an alternative treatment for RF as well as complimentary treatment for persistent side effects of rheumatic fever. Our care for the disease is a custom formulated treatment plan created specifically for each patient. Treatment varies first of all because patient symptoms are unique and the nature of the illness creates a unique patient experience. Alternative treatment for RF involves addressing the autoimmune response and building up the body’s defenses by strengthening the immune system.
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